The unexpected death of a loved one is always tragic. However, when the family of the deceased finds out that the death could have been avoided if not for the negligence of another party there are many emotions that arise in addition to the typical sadness. Some of these emotions may be anger, misunderstanding, frustration and much more. The family members of eight people in California may be experiencing these emotions at this very moment.
A fatal accident that occurred in California recently resulted in the deaths of eight individuals. The bus was transporting its occupants on a ski trip to Southern California. On the way, it collided with two other vehicles. Seven passengers from the bus were killed and the driver of one of the vehicles was also fatally injured.
An inspection after the crash led to the forced closing of the company that owned the bus. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the company was ordered to cease all operations immediately because it was a hazard to the safety of the public.
The reasons for which the company was shut down include the following:
- Failure to ensure vehicles were properly repaired, maintained and inspected
- Improperly qualified and unlicensed drivers
For the families and loved ones of those who are deceased because of a fatal accident, it is likely hard to deal with the fact that the accident could probably have been avoided if not for another party's negligence. In cases like these, it is possible that they may have a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
Families can seek compensation for the wrongful death of their loved ones if the death occurred because of another's negligence. Some of the items that can be received when such a lawsuit is successful include pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and death expenses.
Source: UPI.com, "Bus company shut down after fatal crash," Feb. 9, 2013